Converting Schools to Green with an EAM

Apr 11, 2011

Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith


This article will explain why Mintek’s Transcendent makes a good Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Solution for “Schools, Universities and other Educational Institutions”.

Converting Old Schools To Green Buildings With The Help Of An EAM

Some school systems throughout the United States have buildings so old they qualify historical landmark status. Construction of new schools is nice but the population is not growing as fast as it once did and tax dollars are weak. Refurbishment is often a more optimal solution.

The nations’ 80,000 schools suffer under a $25 billion backlog of repair and would cost nearly $240 billion to replace…Many of these schools, once expected to survive seventy-five years without major repairs, are in dire need of maintenance overhaul. Because “many districts have failed to maintain their buildings . . . breakdowns are occurring earlier and are more serious”Source: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management Eugene OR

Advances in technology and stimulus packages for renewable energy have made conversion to a green building economically viable.

Why Convert To A Green Building

Conversion to a green building can save up to 30% on energy costs and up to 50% on water bills. Another key factor is that conversion can be staged to reflect the natural replacement of assets such as HVAC units, roofs, plumbing and lights. Optimally, these assets are being tracked for age, maintenance history, and expected useful life using the tools provided with an Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) system.

Going Green With An EAM

The decision to go green is not only a politically correct move but also a financial bonus to schools universities. Besides energy savings a school that implements an EAM system as the changes occur will also see additional savings as a result of scheduled maintenance, inspections, preventive maintenance and the lengthening of the asset’s lifecycle.

Stuart Smith

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